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A unique orthoplastic approach has been adopted through a partnership between King Edward VII’s and London Limb Reconstruction to secure the best possible outcomes for patients.

The partnership brings together expertise in orthopaedics and plastic surgery, using the very latest in medical techniques and cutting-edge technology to address open fractures of the lower and upper limbs, nerve and tendon damage, limb length adjustment, amputations and skin grafting. 

The trauma service at independent charitable hospital King Edward VII’s is designed to offer tailored treatment options to patients with the most complex and challenging needs.

The service provided by the London Limb Reconstruction team brings a unique combination of orthoplastic expertise, meaning that orthopaedic and plastic surgeons work collaboratively. 

This specialist team is supported by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff, along with microbiologists, mental health professionals, dieticians and pain management services, to support all aspects of the patient’s recovery. 

Recently, the orthoplastic team treated professional racing driver Juan Manuel Correa after a crash left him with serious leg injuries and at risk of amputation. 

Attempting to restore Juan Manuel’s dreams of driving again, consultant plastic surgeon Mr Jon Simmons and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Ian Sinha led a complex 17-hour procedure to reconstruct the leg – the first of eight operations during his six week stay – which was ultimately successful.

 

Following extensive rehab and several other procedures, Juan Manuel has recently returned to the Formula Three track for the 2021 season.

“I will be forever grateful to Jon, Ian and the team at King Edward VII’s Hospital. They supported me through some of the darkest times of my life and their expertise means that I have exceeded my expectations for my recovery, to a point where I am now able to resume doing what I love,” says Juan Manuel. 

Consultant plastic surgeon Jon Simmons says: “We deal with complex and challenging cases on a regular basis, although Juan’s was one of the most intricate cases I have seen and required the full expertise of the wider team both in the operating theatre and throughout his long term recovery.”

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ian Sinha adds; “Serious limb injuries are life changing – impacting both the physical and mental health of our patients. 

“By providing this service at King Edward VII’s Hospital we are ensuring that patients can access the very best in specialist expertise, top of the range technology and a multidisciplinary approach in getting them back to their best.”

 

 

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